Author: Abe F. March
Paperback: 254 pages
Date Published: February 3, 2009
Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
“Pandemics happen,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt had said. There have been ten in the past 300 years, and “we’re overdue and under prepared” for the next one. Would America be ready for a flu pandemic at least as deadly as the one in 1918 that killed roughly 50 million people worldwide, including 500,000 in the USA? David and his scientists didn’t think so. The scientists working with David were scientists for hire and worked underground. Knowing the strong arm of the Mossad, they were trusted to keep any work they did secret and confided only to the originator. They were now assigned to work on a deadly virus…. people had become more vulnerable today than in 1918 because many more now lived in cities that are dependent on food brought in for outside. In a disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, help can come from outside the region, but with a pandemic, there is no outside.
… Bird and fish virus were the ideal candidates for David and his scientists. The initial target would be the northeastern part of the United States. The forests and waterways would be used to begin the infestation of both fish and birds whose virus would be transmitted to millions of Americans.
-They Plotted Revenge Against America by Abe F. March, pages 30-31
They Plotted Revenge Against America by Abe F. March is glimpse into the minds and motivations of a group of would-be terrorists. Christian, Jew and Muslim, they are bonded in their desire to punish Israel’s biggest supporter in the hope of removing the teeth of the Israeli bite. The plan is simple: Go to the US, blend in, observe fish and wildlife in the Northeast and poultry farming in the South, then release viruses that will transmute into a deadly flu, killing hundreds of thousands of Americans.
However, it is much easier to maintain their hatred for the US and desire revenge for their families deaths while living in the Middle-East. Once in America, the teams meet and get to know the people who live in the places they are planning to infect; they begin to have second thoughts and feel guilty, seeing their new friends as their potential victims and not enemies. Things become even more complicated when one of them is detained and interrogated, another falls under the suspicion of a community member, and David, the leader, becomes romantically involved with Samantha, the team liaison.
While this book has moments that seem preachy/teachy about the evil, white-devil America and her meddling in Mid-eastern affairs, it is an intriguing read. As I read this book, Obama-Netanyahu met and “agreed to disagree” about Israeli-Palestinian settlement and peace, and the Swine Flu scare had schools closing in random locations across the US, which added some tension to my reading. I couldn’t help but look at H1N1 with a suspicious eye and think that that might be the work of terrorists… interesting how a deadly, potentially-pandemic-capable virus broke out in a popular vacation spot around the time of US Spring Break.
While I don’t believe the author is anti-American, infact March served in the US Air Force from 1957-1961, They Plotted Revenge Against Americamight be viewed as excusing, even condoning, terrorism against the US by more Conservative, right-wing, politically impassioned people. In much the same way as some Christians jumped on Harry Potter with both feet, proclaiming it “of the devil,” this book might not be received by those who are strong supporters of Israel and believe in US involvement in the Mid-East.
For the most part, I enjoyed reading They Plotted Revenge Against America by Abe F. March, and it will stick with me for a while. I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
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